Pacemaker implantation is a surgical procedure where a small electrical device called a pacemaker is implanted on the chest or abdomen. The pacemaker sends regular electrical pulses that help keep your heart beating regularly.The pacemaker is a small metal box. It is attached to one or more wires, known as pacing leads, which run to the heart. The pacemaker contains: a battery, a pulse generator and a tiny computer circuit. Pacemakers can be programmed to adjust the discharge rate in response to one’s needs. Having a pacemaker implanted is a relatively straightforward process. It is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which means the patient is awake during the procedure. The procedure usually takes about an hour and most people are well enough to leave hospital the day after surgery.
Advantages: Having a pacemaker fitted can greatly improve your quality of life as the heart rate and rhythm is normalized. It is a life saving device for the patients.
Can I go back to my normal activities after my implant?
Very few activities will be off limits to you because you have a pacemaker. Your doctor may ask you to avoid strenuous activity just after surgery. Doing so helps ensure your lead(s) has time to attach firmly to your heart tissue. After that, you will probably be able to do most of the things you did before your implant.
Is it safe for me to use electrical appliances?
Your pacemaker is designed to work properly around most appliances and equipment, including microwaves, electric razors, and personal computers.
Will my pacemaker ever need to be replaced?
Eventually, yes. Your pacemaker runs on a battery. Like all batteries, the battery in your device will be used up over time. When the battery power reaches a certain point, your pacemaker needs to be replaced.
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